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Mar 25, 2013 4:30am PDT
tuesday, arguments on prop 8 and wednesday, on the federal defense of marriage act. this event marks the 48th anniversary of the alabama march led by martin luther king jr. >>> community college students will have more options. they will more than double the course offerings this summer. more than 1,000 courses. many will be core classes in english, math and science. ccsf, officials say the change will deal with one of the criticisms from the state's accreditation board enrollment management. >> what a wonderful weekend as far as the weather is concerned. are we going to have more of that to come? >> no. we actually have a change. good morning to you. happy monday. temperatures on the chilly side. this is the one day where no rain chances are in the forecast. starting tomorrow, we have the chance for showers. our chances aren't that great. it is a really interesting setup. let's get to other headlines. throughout the day, patchy a.m. fog is going to take part in your morning commute. you want to keep that in mind in the north bay. mild afternoon with increasing clouds. ahead of that syst
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Mar 25, 2013 4:00am PDT
8. on wednesday the federal defense of marriage act will be front and center. gop strategist karl rove signaled this weekend there could be a major shift in his party's outlook. >> can you next imagine the next presidential campaign, the republican candidate saying i'm flat out for gay marriage? >> i could. >> some prominent republicans have slowly been warming to the idea of same-sex marriage. reports this morning say the party is using that evolution as a fund-raising opportunity. >>> american amanda knox who was acquitted of killing her british roommate while studying abroad. but today a very anxious knox will find out if that acquittal stands. the italian supreme court is expected to announce whether the 25-year-old will have her guilty verdict reinstated or if a new trial will be set. >>> two arrests in georgia after a 13-month-old baby was shot to death while sitting in his stroller. 17-year-old de'marquise elkins sign seen here and a 13-year-old boy are charged with first-degree murder. >>> the co-owner of sky dive city near miami says the men became unaware of their altitu
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Mar 23, 2013 6:30pm PDT
defense. >> but the connection is not clear. we don't know how the survey addresses accusations raised in our investigation that the general, since taking command nearly two years ago, has ignored a toxic culture behind the gates of the guard. >> you have not answered questions about sexual harassment or retaliation? >> they're wrong. their allegations have been looked at by the department of defense and united states air force. >> but accusations by more than a dozen guard members were documented in this report co-authored by a member of the oklahoma national guard. chief ronald petty. >> it was clear to us according to them that the california national guard was not following the proper procedures as outlined in the national guard regulations. >> sexual harassment and hostile working environment are common place in the california air national guard and racial tension has been high since 2008 and he found proof to immediately assign counselorers and investigators when its members filed complaints. >> what is the reputation of the california national guard? >>th not a good one. it's not a
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Mar 25, 2013 12:00am PDT
its concerns in self-defense in this regard? >> a lot of that is talk. when you're speaking with the iranian leaders, you get so much talk. i'm jealous of your interview with ahmadinejad. i also really wish that we could have interviews with rahimi. he is the supreme leader who is calling the shots in iran. he owns the nuclear portfolio. we're reading tea leaves and trying to figure out where his head is. david is completely right. i don't think rahimi believes that we would strike. who knows what this guy thinks. the administration itself is depending on envoys and depending on other people who they send back and forth. at this point we're sort of flying blind there. chris: does military support the idea of force in the region? the chair of the joint chiefs was grilled about his view of the mistakes made in the iraq war. here was his thoughtful answer to the u.s. senate. >> i have been scarred by rereading a quote from einstein who said "if you have an hour to save the world, spend 55 minutes of it understanding the problem and five minutes of it trying to solve it." i think sometim
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Mar 18, 2013 3:00am PDT
on national defense and having a strong role for the u.s. and international security, and i heard some that were rather isolationist in saying we need to back off. i think there was a lot of debate going on. you could either see it as healthy or you could see it as not healthy. >> frank keating, where are you with all this? >> well, i mean, cpac, i was the emcee once for one of their -- >> former governor. >> dinner several years ago. it really is a spring stew. you have conservatives. you have social conservatives. you have economic conservatives. you have libertarians. and rand paul won the cpac poll. what is his viewpoint? his dad's, i guess, would be legalize heroin, get rid of nato. i mean, it's a very, very -- >> he wants to cut the department of education. he wants to stop aid to -- >> it's all over the place. that to me is the conservatives, not the common denominator of the party. what is the common denominator of the party i think is growth, opportunity, incomes, making us finally address this very serious debt, deficit. >> you're going to iowa. would you like to be a no
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Mar 23, 2013 2:05am PDT
unstoppable. i'm going with kathy griffin. >> oh my god! >> she did look blonde in your defense. >> i'm killing it on the redheads. >> who is that? oh! >> all right. who is -- first of all, is this a man or a woman? it's julia roberts. >> is it julia roberts? >> oh! that's shaun white. the snowboard pro, from the olympics. >> bobbie thomas set us up. >> it could have been julia roberts. i want to see julia's face morphed in there. >> i think, here is picture number five. >> oh. >> oh, wait -- jessica chastain? are you right? >> yes. >> how many more, is this the tiebreaker? oh, all right. well we have a winner. we don't have any prizes, just more drinking. >> now here's the thing we are challenging you to, molly. you have a lot of facebook and twitter followers. we're asking every guest host to bring it bring your facebook followers or twitter followers, to our page and get them to like us. dule came and we got some and anthony anderson got us 5,000. whitney cummings came and we dropped 2,000. now we are back with you. >> i'm on it. so are you going to do it? >> i'm on it. >> yo
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Mar 19, 2013 6:00pm PDT
. this was prompted by the defense attorney. he is charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing that 82 foot sail boat and running it aground in pacifica on march 4. >>> today the board of supervisors voted to approve regulations that subjects electronic cigarettes to the same controls at tobacco. that means e smokers can't puff up in parks. e cigarettes cannot be sold to minors. health officials say the vapor pose a secondhand health hazard. the board of supervisors will take a second vote. >>> a legislator is proposing legislation to make marijuana safer for patients. it would establish a division of medical cannabis regulation and enforcement. this would be part of the state department of alcohol beverage control. it would ensure that medical marijuana patients aren't exposed to toxic substances and will help reduce the criminal element involved. >>> chez panisse will be closed longer than originally expected. opening day has been postponed indefinitely at this point. the march 8 fire damaged the outside of the restaurant as well as the porches. both top and bottom porches ha
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Mar 18, 2013 2:00am PDT
. defense attorney made the argument. and then melissa took the stand. >> emotionally, the damage you have caused me is almost unbearable. for alissa, you crumbled her foundation. and everything she knew to be right and true. and as hard as this is to do or believe, i also want you to know i have found it in my heart to forgive you. >> and then james got his sentence. >> the murder charge you're sentenced to life in prison. >> life without parole. ever. afterwards, the little girl in the middle of the family drama, turned to melissa with a remarkable request. alissa asked to meet with james. and was ushered in to see him before he was wisked away. >> i told him that i decided to forgive him. and that i wanted him to have hope. >> and she went then. tears of forgiveness, the lingering grief for her father. and as for melissa? >> are you ready to move on? >> i am. very red eye. >> you have a relationship now. you're engaged. >> yeah. >> where will you keep ben? >> he'll always be in my heart. he'll never be forgotten, but we do have to go on. we still have to be here and live day to day
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Mar 26, 2013 4:00am PDT
doma, the defense of marriage act, passed by congress in 1996. it blocks the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the states that allow it. much has changed in the 17 years since president clinton signed it into law. he now says it should be overturned because it's unconstitutional discrimination. no states permitted same-sex marriage when congress passed doma. now nine states do allow it along with washington, d.c. 38 others ban it either by law or constitutional amendment. >> what do we want? >> marriage equality. >> when? >> now. >> reporter: and public opinion polls show that more than half of americans now say they support it. that's why supporters of marriage for gay couples claim the cultural tide is moving in their direction. >> if the supreme court disagrees with these claims, history will not look fondly on it. but the court almost prides itself on moving very slowly, not being out in front of the culture, lagging behind some, and that's probably the dilemma for the justices. >> of course, we'll be watching that right here on nbc. that was nbc's pete wi
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Mar 20, 2013 11:00am PDT
defense system that the u.s. government has actually funded a large part of. >> united states of america stands with the state of israel because it is within our fundamental national security interest to stand with israel. it makes us both stronger. it makes us both more prosperous, and it makes the world a better place. >> reporter: the president's day is going to be heavy with meetings of israeli officials, the president, perez, prime minister netanyahu. the two of them will have a joint press conference where no doubt the lead topic news of the day in the region has to do with syria and chemical weapons. have they been used and who used them. israeli government officials confirming chemical weapons have been used. they are not sure who used them, the rebels or the assad regime. the united states government has confirmed any of that but we will hear from the president. he has talked about the use of chemical weapons as a red line when it comes to syria. president will overnight here. tomorrow heads to the west bank, next day to jordan and an overnight stay with king abdullah. r
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Mar 21, 2013 6:00pm PDT
next week, the justices hearing arguments for the defense of marriage act, signed into law by president clinton. >>> and american academy of pediatrics has declared its support of same-second parent, saying marriage is in the best interest of children and offers kids long-term security, rights and benefits. the doctors made the declaration after four years of analysis and research. >>> and new tonight at 6:00, over the passionate objections of students and parents, oakland school board has decided to close three schools, they will close down american indian public charter school and american indian public charter school two, the american indian public high school will also close, but that will close at the end of the school year in june. and while the school has some of the highest student test scores in california, the state audit last year found financial conflicts of interest, and nearly 4 million in questionable payments. alameda county prosecutors are continuing to investigate payments. >>> now on the subject of oakland, it is one of nine california school districts, alon
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Mar 25, 2013 3:00am PDT
what self-defense firearms to own and he can't buy america. he's so reckless in terms of his comments on this whole gun issue, he talks about guns buzzing. he's talking about machine guns. none of these guns are machine guns. >> but is he going to have an impact politically? he wants to be a counterweight to youth. he wants to go into these races in 2014 and spend along with you. are you praepg to arm politically those who agree with you, candidates and what not in 2014? >> we have people all over, millions of people, sending us $5, $10, $15 checks saying stand up to this guy who says we can only have three bullets, which is what he said. stand up to this guy who says ridiculous things like the nra wants firearms with nukes on them. i mean, it's insane the stuff he says. >> let me ask you about background checks because the mayor referred to 0 the poll 90% of americans want universal background checks. here is this survey from quinnipiac this week. among those people who own guns 85% support. are you thwarting the will of the american people by standing in opposition to universal back
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Mar 20, 2013 6:00am PDT
are sparking some controversy. take a look. new ads from the freedom defense initiative run by commentator and blogger pamela gellor quote anti-gay messages from islamic leaders. one quotes iran's president saying, "homosexuality is ugly. and in iran we don't have homosexuals like in your country." gellor, who lives in new york means this as a response to harsh criticism from city leaders about her first set of bus ads, anti-islamic in nature. last week, city and local religious leaders gathered to condemn the ads. as a publication, legal experts say muni is unable to refuse the ads because of conflicts with the first amendment. legal challenges to remove similar ads from city buses in new york and chicago have been unsuccessful. muni dedicated revenue from the first set of ads to the human rights commission and will likely also donate the money from these six ads as well. we reached out to pamela gellor but have not heard back. monte francis, "today in the bay." >>> new this morning, we just heard from a christian preschool in the east bay about changes in store for students w
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Mar 24, 2013 6:00pm PDT
considers the defense of marriage act, which denies an array of benefits. when her spouse died, her irs sent a $363,000 bill and rep fused to recognize her marriage. >> i couldn't believe that they were making a stranger of this person i lived with and lived for 43, something, years. >> reporter: in new york, hundreds rallied in support of gay marriage and expressed hopes this week will be a turning point. >> the question before the supreme court this week will be, am i a full american or am i not? >> reporter: the very definition of marriage, up for debate in the highest court in the land. brian moore, nbc news, washington. >>> u.s. secretary of state john kerry made a stop in iraq today. kerry med with iraq's prime minister for what was described as a very spirited discussion. they talked about iraq's delegate and preparing for upcoming elections. >> we all want to see iraq succesuc succe succeed. such an. the world has an interest in seeing iraq take a leading role in the region as a functning democracy. >> the talk also focused on iraq granting iran access to its air space. u.s. off
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Mar 23, 2013 11:00pm PDT
but syracuse had a great defense. >> there was more talent on syracuse' team, i get. they tried but they lost. >> they didn't shoot enough. a lot of dribbling. a lot of passing. got to shoot to win. >> one of the top assist men in the country. >> number four syracuse was a higher seed going into the match-up with number 12 cal. but golden bears fans were hoping playing so close to berkeley would give them home court advantage. >> they didn't take advantage of it. they made too many mistakes and didn't play well enough to win the game. >> do you think they have the home court advantage? >> i don't know. there were a lot of syracuse fans. they need to be more supportive. >> do you think that would have helped? >> i think so. they would have gotten a lot of energy from the crowd. >> despite the loss, fans say it was great to see cal play in the big dance. >> it was awesome. my first time coming into the march madness game and it was a good experience. my birthday, too. that makes it even better. >> i've never seen them play up close in a big game like this so it was cool to see. >> did
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Mar 25, 2013 12:30am PDT
come back. they're doing it very cautiously. they're going into defensive sectors. this is very different from what we've seen in past market point. >> how do you want to invest, liz ann? what would you be exposed to. >> we're keeping our cards still fairly close to the vest until we get through some of these other policy issues, like the government shutdown, which seems to be out -- not a problem right now. the debt ceiling. so we only have one out-perform rating right now, which is technology. that's been a long-standing outperform for us. one underperform was consumer discretionary which is the potential for problems because of the tax increases. it turns out it's not having the impact on consumer spending as a lot of people thought. >> great advice. thank you so much. great to you on the prom. liz ann sonders and heidi moore joining me. up next, we're on the money. what is starbucks' recipe for success? my conversation with the company's founder and ceo about how he wants to do for tea what he has done for coffee. >>> and how health care may not be so healthy a business. >>>
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Mar 22, 2013 4:00am PDT
department of defense reports they are ditching blackberry for apple iphones are not true. >>> american airlines is testing boarding procedures to allow passengers without carry-on bags to board ahead of folks in coach with roll-on bags. >>> after the horsemeat scare ikea said their meatballs are headed back to stores. >>> american eagle -- okay -- gets props for the brilliant ad scheme spoking fun at the skinny jean craze by having a spray on can. 200,000 people were fooled into trying to buy that paint on spray online. who would wear e that? >>> if you're in a market for the ultimate man cave check out this atomic bomb shelter for sale in florida. it is 7,000 square feet of solitude for yours truly. i would love it, too. it will cost you about half a mil. i'm not willing to spend that. >>> the march madness bracket busters are next and bruce springsteen sheds sunshine on a fan. >>> thinking about sending your weekend with "the croods"? we'll tell you if it's worth it. >>> now to some other stories that caught our eye this morning. a pennsylvania woman allegedly banned from the local f
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Mar 21, 2013 11:00pm PDT
their defense, but i couldn't be more proud of a team. >> an emotional locker room there. >>> some baseball news here, not pretty for the giants tonight in spring training, losing 10-4 to the rockies. matt cane got the start, but he did pick up eight strikeouts. roj and jessica, i hear he has a perfect bracket. but that would certainly make him feel a lot better. >> san diego state and miami. we're going big tomorrow. >> yes, we are. >> thanks. i'm marking it down. >> we'll be right back. >>> it's a girl. that's what the san francisco zoo found out during a routine exam. look how cute they are. she was born to leanne and larry on february 10th. her birthday is especially important because tumatru tigers are a critically endangered species. you can get a first look at the baby cub in person soon. look how beautiful that picture is. >> ohhhh, it is a cute picture. >> beautiful. >> really quick, tomorrow morning, friday morning, beginning of our weekend, what are we looking at? >> we'll see temperatures near 70 inland. and then saturday and sunday with more 70s and 60s at the coastlin
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Mar 18, 2013 5:30pm PDT
defense of marriage act, the federal law that defines marriage between a woman and a man. and it comes ten days after her husband urged the court to overturn the law, which he signed in 1996. the arc of mrs. clinton's changed opinion reflects a turnaround of public sentiment. in 2004, only 30% of americans supported same-sex marriage. by december of last year, the same nbc news wall street journal poll showed a majority in favor. >> the world has just transformed itself on this issue, including the political world. >> reporter: on friday, republican senator rob portman came out in favor of same-sex marriage. >> i now believe people ought to have the right to get married. >> reporter: a position most of his party oppose, but this morning after a report declared the party need to do broaden its appeal, the party launched a $10 million vopledge to reach its votes. president obama has also changed his position, announcing his support of same-sex marriage last year and a new poll just today shows 58% of americans agree. brian? >> kristin welker at the white house for us tonight. krist
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Mar 25, 2013 5:30pm PDT
. >> reporter: wednesday the court hears a challenge to doma, the defense of marriage act, passed by congress in 1996. it blocks the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage in the states that allow it. much has changed in the 17 years since president clinton signed it into law. he now says it should be overturned because it's unconstitutional discrimination. no states permitted same-sex marriage when congress passed doma. now nine states do allow it, along with washington, d.c. 38 others ban it by law or constitutional amendment. >> what do we want? >> marriage equality. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> reporter: public opinion polls show more than half of americans now support it. supporters of marriage for gay couples claim the cultural tide is moving in their direction. >> if the supreme court disagrees with these claims, history will not look fondly on it. the court almost prides itself in moving very slowly, not being out in front of the culture, lagging behind some. that's probably the dilemma for the justices. >> reporter: and there is a footnote. among those wh
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Mar 25, 2013 11:00am PDT
challenges defense of marriage act, blocks federal recognition of same-sex couples in states they are allowed to marry. edie windsor had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes when her partner died. >> i couldn't believe they were making a stranger of the person i lived with and loved for 42 something live. >> president obama now calls the law unconstitutional. house republicans are defending it in court. a new pew research center shows the majority of americans now support gay marriage. researchers say it shows the largest change in opinions on a policy issue in a decade. in washington i'm danielle lee, nbc news. >>> moving on to business, shares in yahoo! hit a new 52-week high this morning. the company bought a new startup as well. scott mcgrew joins us. you were thinking about young ceos but in this case very young. >> he just turned 18. he invented something, he and as a 17-year-old. yahoo! bought his company lock, stock, and barrel. we don't know the exact price but it's in the few tens of millions of dollars. shares in yahoo! hitting that new 52-week high you mentioned, up $0.19 this morning.
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Mar 22, 2013 11:00pm PDT
over the defensive mayor's act. happening now, not far from the supreme court, a look at the senate floor. it's just passed 2:00 a.m. in washington, d.c. and lawmakers are still at it. the senate is riding out details on the federal budget. if the budget is passed, it would advance to the house of representatives. >>> flying and landing a small plane could be more dangerous. small airports are being forced to close their air traffic control facilities. it's the latest fall out in the sequester cuts. the faa has ordered 129 control towers to be shut down. there are some smaller airports in sacramento and salinas that will be closed. >>> be warned, if you're out late tomorrow night, you could face a major roadblock in the east bay. starting at 1:00 a.m. sunday, all northbound lanes of 880 will be shut down near the coliseum. detours will be in place. construction crews will be lifting steel columns over the freeway as they get ready to build train tracks between the coliseum and the airport. the freeway will reopen at 6:00 a.m. >>> it's not your average suitcase. in fact, it saves liv
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Mar 24, 2013 6:00am PDT
, drink, drugs and jealousy. but her defense says the police bungled the investigation. >> i don't think the verdict is going to be overturned, only based on the fact it was a 100-page report and a lot of the problems was with the dna, and that is something that obviously can't be reversed once you mess up in a dna case, obviously, there's nothing a new trial can do. that evidence will remain the same. >> reporter: unlike the media circus that accompanied the first two trials, tomorrow's ruling will happen behind closed doors. neither knox for sollecito is likely to attend, but both will be waiting to hear if the courtroom drama is finally over. >>> now, here's lester. >> erica, thanks. >>> social media is abuzz this morning over the latest uproar involving charges of sexism and the tech industry. the latest brouhaha involves a female developer fired for tweeting a picture of two men making jokes at a tech conference. amny has the story. >> reporter: when amy richards overheard two men trading what she thought were sexually offensive jokes at a tech conference, she decided to tweet
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Mar 24, 2013 7:00am PDT
didn't play better. but syracuse really had a great defense. >> there's more talent on syracuse's team, basically, i felt. so, you know, they tried but they lost. >> they didn't shoot enough. a lot of dribbling. a lot of passing. got to shoot to win. >> williams. one of the top assist men in the country. >> reporter: syracuse was a higher seed going into the matchup with number 12 cal. golden bears fans were hoping playing so close to berkeley would give them home court advantage. >> they didn't take it advantage of it. they made too many mistakes. didn't play well enough to win the game. >> there's a lot of syracuse fans out there. a lot of the cal fans didn't show up. we need to be more supportive. >> reporter: you think that would have helped? >> i think so. i think they would have gotten more energy from the crowd. >> oh, my goodness! >> reporter: despite the loss, fans say it was great to see cal play in the big dance. >> it was awesome. it was my first time coming to a march madness game and it was a good experience. it's my birthday, too. so that makes it even better. >> i've ne
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Mar 18, 2013 7:00am PDT
dozen, moving the convention to late june, mid july. >>> a costly six minutes for defensive end dumervil. he lost his spot on the broncos roster after the contract was faxed six minutes after the 4:00 p.m. deadline. the tardy fax made him a free agent and axed an $8 million contract. as you might expect, he then fired his agent as well. >>> this video is a hit online. officials are investigating this incident caught on camera in surfer's paradise, australia. check out what happens when drunken heck letter pushes the street performer too far. human statue david molder apologized for losing his cool but received support from around the world for letting that guy have it. >> all right. >> thanks, natalie. >>> spring starts on wednesday, but it is not going to feel like it. we have snow, ice, heavy rain moving through almost most of the country. we are seeing the snow from minnesota right over into d.c., it will move into the northeast as we head through the day today. most of that snow in boston. we will check the local forecast after this message. forecast after this message. your
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Mar 26, 2013 7:00am PDT
judges in the case appeared to be annoyed with the defense. you were inside of the courtroom and over what point of law did they become annoyed? >> well, indeed. the judges were huffing and puffing as the defense had to literally defend itself in a new appeal's case, because at the end of the day, the prosecutor almost seemed to present new appeals, and this was not the place to do that. this is the place to discuss the violations of law, the contradictions of the motivations of the judgment and instead, it turns out to be a almost second appeals case, and when the defense insisted on these points, that is when the judges seemed annoyed. >> praxilla, i spent time with you over in italy as the appeals process was wrapping up, and so you have been watching this for a long time, and so this is a story out of the headlines there for several years and how are they going to the feel about it being back on the front pages? >> well, since the appeals judgment was issued, the italian's hearts seemed to have warmed for amanda for how she has been conducting her life after this. she has been avo
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Mar 25, 2013 6:00pm PDT
ira wants to report garcia because their marriage is not recognized. >> because of the defenseive act, they pretend we don't exist so they treat us like strangers. >> reporter: what many are treating as the gay rights civil movement, they're being planned. in washington, d.c., people are lined up outside hoping to get a seat inside to hear tomorrow's oral arguments. meanwhile, in the court of public opinion, polls increasingly show a majority of americans now support same-sex marriage, but the idea still has some strong opposition. >> marriage laws are designed to attach mothers and fathers to each other and to the children that they may create and raise in the best environment. >> reporter: in san francisco, it is clear there is overwhelming support for marriage equality. tonight, same-sex marriage supporters will be in a march from decastro to city hall. >> it seems like people are lining up and that people want to be on the right side of history. >> reporter: the rainbow flag will fly in front of berkeley city hall while the supreme court justices hear the two cases. >> i don't
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Mar 22, 2013 6:00am PDT
federal defense of marriage act are up for review. judge roberts wanted to send him a letter sharing it first on youtube. >> you and i both know that family goes deeper than blood. i was lucky to be adopted by two guys i can both call dad. >> when he reads the letter, i want him to see that our family is a lot like his. >> there are a number of rallies planned in san francisco next week to monday. marriage equality support is will gather at castro and market at 6:30 p.m. before marching to city hall. tuesday and wednesday, marriage equality usa and get equal are planning evening vigils at the state supreme court building. daniel's dads say they will be following the case closely and expect it to be very emotional. >>> 6:56. live pictures coming into our newsroom right now. this is the presidential visit to tel-aviv this morning. he is in israel. you see air force one there in the background as he is preparing to leave on his way to jordan where he will meet with king abdullah. the president trying to encourage the peace talks between israel and the palestinian nation there as well. s
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Mar 25, 2013 7:00am PDT
the secretary of defense that he believes that america is conspiring with the taliban. they believe they can get past that. they know it will not be a smooth transition but they are here to work on all of those issues, the political and security issues. they are aware and supportive of karzai's statement that he is going to start working on talks eventually with the taliban and eventually the state department officials say will be direct talks with the taliban as long as they have laid down their arms and they are not having links to al qaeda that includes the u.s. >> thank you. >>> now here's matt. >> there are new developments in the amanda knox case this morning. italy's top court is meeting to decide whether to overturn the acquittal for the killing of her roommate. >> reporter: it has been six years since this case began. seattle student amanda knox spent four years in jail, convicted of the murder and then acquitted. despite being virtually no evidence against her, they want to overturn the acquittal and try amanda knox again. and the case continues again. amanda knox and her
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Mar 22, 2013 7:00am PDT
jumped to her defense and say those lyrics are nothing more than typical hip-hop bravado. >> mara thank you. matt. >>> natalie, thanks very much. it's friday and we have a special edition of "what's new, what's up, what's in" to get you ready for the first weekend of spring. we're going to get started with what's now in the world of entertainment. joe levy is the editor of billboard magazine. good to see you. >> good to be here. >> the croods are coming into theaters. >> this is an animated movie from dreamworks, it's 3-d. it tells the story about a prehistoric family who wanted to be safe in their cave but their rebellious daughter wants to go out and explore. >> and is this for adults and children? >> this is really a kids film. adults will like the way it looks. frankly they spent a lot of time getting the 3-d animation right. you might wish they spent a little more time on the story because it's kind of familiar. >> tina pee tina fey and paul r new movie. >> this movie is a little more serious and a little more substance than the silliness you see on tv. tina fey is a princeton admi
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Mar 24, 2013 7:00pm PDT
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Mar 19, 2013 7:00am PDT
doing. that's the power of the home depot. get ortho home defense, a special buy at just $6.88. >>> good tuesday morning to you. 7:26. santa clara is ready to pull out all the stops to bring super bowl l to the bay area. a city council will vote on several resolutions that will meet the nfl's financial demands to win that 2016 event. among them, waiving the city's hotel tax for nfl employees and teams. also suspending two ticket surcharges on the super bowl, and dropping added parking fees. the concessions add up to millions. but officials say the cost will more than be offset by the income and publicity generated by the game. the league owners will decide on may 22nd who will host super bowl xx. >>> christina, how are we? >> good morning to you. looking at the cloud before the storm. mostly-clear conditions. the afternoon highs are going to jump in the upper 60s and low 70s. we hit highs similar to yesterday. the good news is, temperatures are going to be comfortable. 69 degrees at 4:00 p.m. inland. 63 at the coast. we'll have the seven-day outlook in five minutes. >>> the bay
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Mar 21, 2013 7:00am PDT
defense. usually you say it's one question with four parts. this case, you had religious reasons. >> well done. we're part of you. >> it really was only three questions. >> he's still going. >> coming up, does the punishment fit the crime? what one teenager did that led to his arrest and a six-month ban from saying the word bingo. >> and a remarkable discovery off the coast of florida tied to the apollo mission that landed the first humans on the moon. we'll go live to the kennedy space center for more on that. first, this is "today" on nbc. >>> coming up, think your private information is safe and secure? wait until you see what someone can learn about you with a computer and about 15 minutes to spare. >> and makeup makeovers for mature women, live in our studio after your local news. [ elizabeth ] i like to drink orange juice but the acidic levels in some foods can cause acid erosion. the enamel starts to wear down, and you can't grow your enamel back. my dentist recommended that i use pronamel, because it helps to strengthen the enamel. and i believe it's doing a good job. oth
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Mar 25, 2013 5:00pm PDT
wednesday it's arguments about the federal defense of marriage act that denies federal benefits including tax benefits to same-sex couples who are married in states that allow that. let's go live to cheryl hurd in san francisco for tonight's same-sex marriage rally. cheryl? >> reporter: steve, the fight for gay marriage is being heard all over the bay area. as you can see they are preparing for a marsh that starts in the castro and will make its way to san francisco city hall. chris worthington is holding one of the rainbow flags that will fly at city hall on tuesday and wednesday as the supreme court hears oral arguments on prop 8 and defense of marriage act. >> i don't think the purpose of flying the flag in oakland, berkeley or san leandro is to try to change the supreme court's mind. it's to give encouragement and support to people that believe in marriage equality. >> reporter: it makes sense for support to come from the city of berkeley. two of the plaintiffs in the case to overturn prop 8 are berkeley residents. >> i think the more people talk about it, and the more they
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Mar 25, 2013 2:00am PDT
that only tom had a motive to kill dar. but the defense claimed police had rushed to judgment. defense attorney tom shaver and defense investigator ken kol ber steen. >> in their mind, it's always the boyfriend or the husband. >> or the person who findsed body. >> fwhi this case was. >> the husband and tom. >> they wanted me bad. what's easy for them, to go after someone they can physically see or to go after someone they cannot physically see. >> what's wrong with the idea that the motive was the money? >> absolutely not. we had a mortgage. to move on it was going to take a heck of a lot more than that. >> after two weeks, the jury had its verdict. >> i felt that the evidence was going to prove i had absolutely nothing to do with this. >> 12 jurors didn't share that feeling. >> we the jury find the defendant guilty of first degree murder. >> i was just, what? i was just shocked. >> what was wrong with the jury? what did they know that i don't know? how could they convict a man on what they had? >> they knew what a conviction was meant for me. and for life without the possibility of pa
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Mar 25, 2013 5:00am PDT
marines and had won several medals, including the national defense service medal. investigators also sergeant lopez also killed corporal lance wooly. they told the contra costa times before this happened, they had no indication of trouble at the bay. reporting live, christie smith, "today in the bay." >>> meteorologist, christina loren joining us to talk about the change in our forecast. >>> some rain on the way. good morning to you. we have some fog out there this morning. want to point that out right off the bat. watch out for a quarter of a mile of visibility. that's all you have available in santa rosa right now. we are exipecting more fog. we have slight chances for showers each and every day starting tomorrow all wait through easter sunday. that's the big story. 42 degrees in livermore. 47, san jose and 42 degrees right now in gilroy at noon today. comfortable readings. you can make those outdoor lunch plans and don't have to worry about any rain for today. 78, gilroy. 69, gilmore. comfortable readings for today. the changes come into the mix as we head throughout tomorrow
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Mar 25, 2013 6:00am PDT
on whether the federal government can refuse to recognize married, same-sex couples. the defensive marriage act, the supreme court's ruling is expected to come down sometime before july. >>> a developing story. a half-hour long pursuit ends in arrest in the east bay. the hayward police said they found a car driving erratically around 11:00 last night. police chased that car for more than 22 miles before the car crashed on 580 in oakland. three suspects are now in custody. police say it is possible the driver was under the influence of drugs and alcohol. police are now saying the suspect may be linked to a shooting on tennyson road on sunday. in that case, someone fired shots from a car that hit a father that was inside his car with his wife and child. police do not think the father was the intended target of the shooting. the father drove himself to the hospital and is expected to survive. his wife and child were not hurt. >> the coast guard will decide whether to resume the search for a missing 22-year-old man from half moon bay who vanished while swimming in the ocean. carlos, ja
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Mar 26, 2013 6:00am PDT
, the court will take up the federal defensive marriage act that defines marriage as between one man and one woman. same-sex marriage supporters also planning vigiles about this whole issue tonight, this evening at the state building here in san francisco from 4:00 to 8:00 and tomorrow night. reporting live in san francisco, christie smith, "today in the bay." >>> right now, we are going to go to washington, d.c. where more than three dozen people are waiting in line outside the supreme court for tickets to watch the hearing as it unfolds. the tickets are specially in demand because the court does not allow tv broadcast of the arguments. taking a live look outside, the supreme court this morning, you can see the rambunctious crowd. many are going to great length and great expense to secure their spots in line. we will have a live report on how far spectators are able to go. >>> let's go to meteorologist, christina loren live right now. she is tracking a storm coming our way. >> a couple of storms. really hard to dictate where they are going to end up. both are not very developed at this
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Mar 24, 2013 5:30pm PDT
marriage and is considering challenges to two laws -- the defense of marriage act that blocks the federal government from recognizing it, and prop 8, a voter initiative that stops same-sex marriage in california. two gay couples in california are asking the court to strike down proposition 8 enacted by state voters in 2008 to prevent people like them from getting married. >> we're not out to redefine marriage or topple the institution. we are out to be a part of it. >> reporter: their lawyer says there's no valid reason to forbid their marriage because it would have no effect on straight couples. >> proponents of proposition 8 still haven't been able to come one with an argument as to why for all the good things about marriage we need to keep people out who want to get married. >> reporter: nine states now allow same-sex marriage along with washington, d.c. 38 others ban it by law or constitutional amendment. defenders of prop 8 say it is intended to protect the traditional notion of families. >> the institution of marriage and marriage laws are designed to attach mothers and fathers to e
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Mar 22, 2013 5:00pm PDT
deeply rooted here in california. beginning next week, the future of prop 8 and the defense of marriage act will be decided in the supreme court. nbc's chief legal analyst, pete williams, joins us from our washington, d.c., newsroom with some insight. >> reporter: this will be the first time the u.s. supreme court has ever taken a serious look at the issue of marriage for gay couples. on tuesday the justices take up proposition 8, the voter initiative passed in 2008 that blocked same-sex marriage in california. two lower courts have found it unconstitutional. as for what might happen if the court strikes it down, it could issue a decision that would apply only to california, allowing marriage to resume. or it could do what it's being urged to do by the two couples in this case, one from berkeley, the other from l.a., and say that no state can block same-sex marriage, or the court could uphold prop 8. wednesday's case is a challenge to doma, the defense of marriage act. it blocks the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal. after
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Mar 26, 2013 5:00am PDT
the building and your fighting it in defensive fashion with a hose line and ladder. >> we said there are apartments above. people being ewaited. any injuries so far? >> no reported injuries to firefighters or civilians. >> are evacuations in place there? >> people were evacuated from the building that actually burned t was a three-story building with businesses on the first floor and apartments above. the fire is still active on the second and third floors of the building. >> i understand this is a two-alarm and we are getting a good look at the scene right here. any idea about damage. it looks pretty severe. >> i don't have a map for you but i understand the second and third floors are heavily damaged with fire. the first floor has not had fire damage but it is sustaining quite a bit of water damage. the fire has been contained to the one building. >> well, that's good news there. you mentioned that the firefighters had to pull out. is this building at risk of collapsing? >> yeah. there is concern because of the amount of damage to the building from the fire. so firefighters have pu
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Mar 22, 2013 10:00pm PDT
. that's the power of the home depot. get ortho home defense, a special buy at just $6.88. otherworldly things. but there are some things i've never seen before. this ge jet engine can understand 5,000 data samples per second. which is good for business. because planes use less fuel, spend less time on the ground and more time in the air. suddenly, faraway places don't seem so...far away. ♪ >>> we're back with a report tonight on the subject most there are roughly 100,000 young people locked away in prisons and jails with a mostly adult population. while they have committed crimes, the punishment they get has not received much attention until tonight. ted koppel has our "rock center" investigation. >> reporter: the demotts of battle creek, michigan. here's the thing about family albums -- they tend to focus on the good stuff. the tiny triumphs. the family at peace. not the dark shadows that made lois demott realize that her son kevin has profound emotional problems. >> it really started by the time he was 3 or 4 years old. we started seeing these increased rages that would last longer
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Mar 24, 2013 5:00pm PDT
marriage for everybody. >> reporter: on wednesday, the court considers the defense of marriage act, which denies an array of federal benefits to same-sex spouses, like edy windsor of new york. when her spouse died, the irs sent a $363,000 bill and refused to recognize her marriage. >> i couldn't believe that they were making a stranger of this person i lived with and loved for 43 something years. >> reporter: in new york, hundreds rallied in support of gay marriage and expressed hopes this week will be a turning point. >> the question before the supreme court this week will be, am i full american or am i not? >> reporter: the very definition of marriage up for debate in the highest court in the land. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> pope francis presided over his first palm sunday mass today in front of an audience of perhaps a quarter million people, telling them to be humble and young at heart. nbc's claudia la vonga reports from rome. >> reporter: pope francis celebrated his first palm sunday mass to mark the thought of holy week on sunday in st. petersburg. he was welcomed by 25
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Mar 21, 2013 4:00am PDT
white house advisers including now defense secretary chuck hagel. "the post" saying agencies like the cia are ignoring places like china and the middle east to instead focus on current military operations and drone strikes. authorities say operations have been side-lined dating back more than a decade of conflict. the white house has not commented publicly on the report but recent remarks from top officials suggest they share the panel's concerns. >>> let's go to north korea now. issued a new threat to the united states. that country saying it will waste no time attacking u.s. mill area bases in japan and on the island nation of guam. if provoked. those threats come a day after kim jong-un ran a mock strike. pyongyang has stepped up its rhetoric in recent days. over what it calls hostile, ongoing military drill s betwee south korea and the u.s. although north korea is believed to lack the technology to carry out such an attack washington says it's deploying more anti-missile batteries in alaska to counter a possible threat. >>> a massive man hunt continues this morning as colorado
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Mar 26, 2013 11:00am PDT
days when the court reviews prop 8 and defense of marriage act. one east bay councilmember thinks it will send a strong message. >> the rainbow flag went up the pole near city hall in berkeley this morning proudly. >> we have five cities all unified in sending a message of support and encouragement to the lgbt community and to state people who believe in equality as well. >> reporter: as the u.s. supreme court considers california's ban on same-sex marriage, prop 8. councilmember chris worthington recalls berkeley's long-standing support for marriage equality. >> during '96 and '97, the city of berkeley had some of the same kind of discussion that's going on all over the country in the last couple of years. so i guess berkeley was about 16 or 17 years ahead of our time. >> it's an historic day. i've been working towards lgbt rights onfor a long time. >> judy is on the school board. she said she's had three ceremonies now with her same partner and explained this day to her kids. >> i told him, i said, this is an historic day, a big one. he said, you said that last time. i hope we neve
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Mar 26, 2013 4:30am PDT
defensive marriage act will be front and center before the supreme court. the question is, is it constitutional? congress passed a law in 1996 that blocks the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages, defining couples past, financial and welfare benefits. our coverage of the prop 8 supreme court arguments continues throughout the morning and online. nbc bay area.com. >>> a follow-up to breaking news we told you about yesterday morning. the search is on for a woman believed to have kidnapped 11-month-old girl creating a state-wide amber alert. gabriella quinntara went home with her mother. the mother told police she left her in her car seat to grab something from inside the house. when she returned seconds later, the jeep was gone. five hours later, police found the girl and the abandoned jeep six miles from home. >> i want to say thank you to everybody. thank you for everything that people, pray for my baby. the police department, everything. my baby is okay, thank god. police are focusing their investigation on the suspicious woman seen walking in the neighborhood.
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Mar 24, 2013 11:00pm PDT
have their say on the federal defense of marriage act. on tuesday, justices will hear arguments on california's prop and consider whether states can stop same-sex marriage. people have been camping outside the proportionate for days to witness history. on tuesday, the court will hear a challenge to proposition 8. it defined marriage as one man, one woman. >> no evidence, none, that allowing gays and lesbians to marry harms the institution of marriage or harms anyone else. >> reporter: the justices could decide whether any state can ban same-sex marriage or simply limit the case to california. >> the last thing we need is to shut down the debate, have the supreme court redefine marriage for everybody. >> reporter: supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage have a different question for the supreme court justices. >> a fundamental right of liberty. and that right is already established. the only question is are you going to deprive gays and lesbians of this right because of their sex or their sexual orientation? >> the issue before the country is do we have a compelling interest i
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